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Habitat’s Energy Efficient Construction Wins Award


Consumers Energy presented its highest honor, the "Excellence in Energy Efficiency Award” to Kalamazoo Valley Habitat for Humanity’s energy efficient construction program this spring. Habitat received the award for “Most Efficient New Home” overall in the electric category.

Habitat won the award for the energy efficient rehab of a 90-year-old home in Kalamazoo’s Oakwood neighborhood. The home is one of the very first Energy Star® rehabs in Michigan. The home earned a HERS rating of 49, which means it is 51% more efficient than the average new home on the market.

“This translates directly to lower energy bills for our homeowners,” Tom Tishler, Habitat’s construction manager, said. “With the environmental benefits, it all adds up to sustainability for our families and our community.”

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This blog is posted by the construction staff at Kalamazoo Valley Habitat for Humanity to showcase the high-performamce building techniques we are using in the construction of a new home in Kalamazoo, Michigan.

Habitat has a straightforward construction philosophy: to build very high quality, super efficient, durable, healthy homes in partnership with our Habitat families. We strive to support and implement advancements in building materials and methods that will make the next generation of U.S. homes more affordable to own over the life of the home, and lessen the burden on the environment by using fewer natural resources in the building and operation of those homes.

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